Our perceptions are key indicators to performance.

“How people perform correlates to how situations occur to them.” The first of three laws of performance presented by Dave Logan and Steve Zaffron in their book: The Three Laws of Performance.

My open water swimming season began on May 5th.  The air temperature was 70 with a slight sea breeze. The water temperature was a stark 47 degrees. I face this situation every May with my swimming buddy Jonathan.

I am excited for my first swim of the season. I remain calm, focused and confident as we slowly walk into the water. It takes just over 3 minutes to become fully submerged. Patience is key. The chill sets in to my muscles. I focus on my breathing. I swim about 50 yards out to the nearest mooring. I can’t keep my head under the water, the pain in my forehead hurts too much. I swim back alternating back stroke with crawl. The time reads 9 minutes. I swim until the 15 minute mark and slowly walk out of the water. With a smile on my face the season is underway.

I am called “crazy” by a few fellow open water swimmers after posting a picture to Facebook. They are willing to start swimming at 60 degrees with a wet suit. This is my edge, not theirs. I also have friends in Boston who swim in the ocean throughout the winter months. That is their edge, not mine. We all share a passion for swimming in the ocean with varying comfort depending on the circumstances.

Raise your awareness as to how you perform in particular situations in your life. How do you perceive those situations? How does that correlate with your performance? What shift is seeking to happen?

Collaborative coaching sessions can help you make the shift you are seeking.  Contact me at 401.500.5990 to reach beyond your current perceptions and raise your level of performance.

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A collaborative relationship is a key component to moving forward.

It’s time to make a life altering decision. The clock is ticking. A lack of tolerance for your current circumstances (job, location or relationship) is asking you to make a change. Your heart and mind are seeking fresh opportunities.

A coaching client is weighing the decision to move to another city and create a new business all at the same time. Living outside of Boston and doing contract work is not serving his true potential or desires. The number of cities has been narrowed down to two with a strong vision and expertise to launch the business. A scouting trip is planned to finalize the choice city.

Three important components are aiding his life changing decision. The first two; his intuition and data. His gut, which is a very reliable source will let him know which city feels right. Doing the research and collecting the needed data will further support his decision.

The third important component is the objective, empowering and analytical support from me as his coach. We have created a trusting and collaborative relationship over the past six months. I listen to all the components and he is heard. I ask empowering questions to help him fine tune his own desires, intentions and goals. His emotional and intellectual energies have come into alignment. I offer objective encouragement for the decision he is about to make.

Over the next two weeks he will make these important decisions with the support of and confidence in all three components working together.

A testimonial from a different client. “I had the good fortune of having 2 sessions of coaching with Don Sorterup, at a time when I had to make some life altering decisions. He methodically assessed the situation, gauged my strengths and weaknesses, and together we devised a plan of action. He has a gentle, yet firm approach in empowering you to come up with the solution, and holds you responsible for following through. He also makes a follow up call on an agreed upon date to answer questions and keep you honest about executing the plan.  Needless to say, I made the leap I needed to make, and well on my way to manifesting my goals. I highly recommend Don as a coach, and will continue to work with him as needed.”  S.H.   Former Vice President of Clinical Services

Is it decision time for you? Let’s connect to see how my empowering coaching can support you as you move forward towards your true potential.